For much of the past year, many have complained that racially divisive material is being pushed on students. According to The Washington Times, a group of parents recently decided to push back.
The paper reported last Friday that the Katy Independent School District has removed a pair of graphic novels by controversial writer Jerry Craft.
What’s more, a virtual address to elementary school students in the suburban district that Craft had been scheduled to give on October 4 has been postponed.
Parents say new law is on their side
That move came after hundreds of parents signed a petition posted on Change.org which alleged that Craft’s material violates a new state law.
Gov. Greg Abbot signed the legislation last month, and among other things it prohibits teaching that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
A mother who signed the online petition claimed that characterizing students as being oppressive due to their skin color is precisely what Craft’s writing does.
“The books don’t come out and say, ‘We want White children to feel like oppressors,’ but that is absolutely what they will do,” she was quoted as saying.
As spokesperson for the school district said that the 2 books in question, New Kid and its sequel Class Act have been pulled temporarily pending a review.
Texas AG says he stands with parents
A summary of Class Act on Craft’s website states that the protagonist has been told through out life that he has “to work twice as hard to be just as good.”
“But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn’t afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted?” it asks.
The Times noted that on Thursday, Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton made clear that his office would stand with those seeking to keep critical race theory out of their children’s classroom.
“We will defend parents, and we will stand up for parents’ rights to speak out about what they think is the truth about critical race theory and other issues going on at their school,” he tweeted.